Take a step back in time when you enter Hall Two, featuring a timeline history from the discovery of Townsville by John Melton Black to early European settlement and beyond, pre-electricity Kitchen, early days School Room and unique displays of the Telephone Exchange and communications including the first mobile phone. Townsville Coastal Radio centre display tells the story of disasters at sea and why this centre was built in Townsville in 1913.
See the comprehensive display of printing equipment used by the Townsville Bulletin to print newspapers, which includes type setting and book binding. There is so much more to discover.

Printing Exhibit

printing exhibit-smlRevisit the printing process of the Townsville Bulletin that no longer exists and appreciate how technology has changed this business.

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Before Electricity Exhibit

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Do you remember the days of kerosene lamps, ice boxes and butter churns? You will be enchanted when you see the early Kitchen display including Grandma’s wood stove.

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Organ Exhibit

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A Mason and Hamlin pedal harmonium organ built in 1930, and used by the Masonic Lodge in Walker Street, Townsville. The timber stool was originally from St Peter’s Church in West End.

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Dining Room Exhibit

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Built in Townsville by local craftsman in 1925. Elegant dining of a bygone era where entertainment was enjoyed by families.

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Coastal Radio Exhibit

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Read the incredible story and listen to the story told in the recreated working station.

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City Chambers Window Exhibit

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The original Townsville City Council leadlight Window which was displayed in the old Council Chambers in Flinders Street.

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